Letters from the Lunar Outpost

Valor that parleys is near yielding.
- Herbert, English Metaphysical Poet (1593-1632)

Monthly Archives: January 2012

Chad's Future Rock Star

The most adorable photo on the Internet.

I’ve got a really good feeling about my latest music book, I think it’s going to be a hit. It’s called “My First Bass Book”, with the subtitle, “A Journey Shared between Student and Teacher.” The inspiration for the book came to me when a bassist and good friend of mine bought his son his first bass. The book is a collection of the all-time most memorable nursery rhymes, with the emphasis on the student bassist learning to play together with another musician in their bass playing parent or teacher. Every selection in the book is expanded across two pages, with one page for the student showing just the melody and the facing page showing both the student part and the teacher’s accompaniment part.

As far as selecting which tunes deserve to be in the book, my own list of the essential nursery rhymes has now grown to 50 songs, and yet still I just can’t help but wonder if there’s a gem or two out there that might have slipped my mind or perhaps even one or two I somehow just never heard before, so I ask you . . .

What songs do you remember most fondly from your childhood?

If you have children, what songs did you pass on to them? Have they ever come home from school and taught you a song that stuck in your head? (Sorry, I can’t use any commercials like that Jumbaco song that’s been stuck in my head and no themes from movies or TV shows, either.)

It’s fun reminiscing on the days when our biggest worries were whether the tooth fairy would really visit us to slip something under the pillow, and if you can give me any help with fine tuning the final list, it would be much appreciated.

Here’s where the list stands right now . . .

002 A-Tisket, A-Tasket
004 Alouette
006 Alphabet Song, The
008 America (My Country Tis of Thee)
010 America, the Beautiful
012 B-I-N-G-O
014 Camptown Races
016 Chiapanecas
018 Do Your Ears Hang Low
020 Down in the Valley
022 Farmer in the Dell, The
024 Fish and Chips and Vinegar
026 Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
028 Hickory Dickory Dock
030 Hokey Pokey, The
032 If You’re Happy and You Know It
034 Itsy Bitsy Spider, The
036 Jack and Jill
038 Knicky, Knicky, Knacky Noo
040 Kumbaya
042 Little Miss Muffet
044 London Bridge
046 LoobyLoo
048 Mary Had a Little Lamb
050 Muffin Man, The
052 Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone
054 Oh, Susanna
056 Old MacDonald Had a Farm
058 One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
060 Pat-a-Cake
062 Pease Porridge Hot
064 Pop Goes the Weasel
066 Ring Around the Rosie
068 Rock-a-Bye Baby
070 Row, Row, Row Your Boat
072 She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain
074 Shine Little Glow Worm
076 Skip to My Lou
078 Snake Charmer
080 Song of the Volga Boatman
082 Star-Spangled Banner, The
084 Take Me Out to the Ball Game
086 This Little Pig Went to Market
088 This Old Man
090 Three Blind Mice
092 Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
094 Wee Willie Winkie
096 Wheels on the Bus, The
098 Winkum, Winkum
100 Yankee Doodle



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My buddy Miles is an incredibly talented musician living in the United Arab Emirates, Miles is a guy whose entire heart and soul are focused on music, he could care less about politics, especially politics half a world away. He tells me he reads my blog posts and doesn’t know what to make of it.

Well, Miles emailed me last night about a dream he had – it seems my political rantings are working on the subconscious of even my most non-political friends.

Hey mike

I dreamt about you last night and
You were running for president…

and we were eating dinner in new yorks most posh place

you were going I am gonna make this country so special

that, all the poor people will never have to struggle again.
and the rich guys eating in this posh place wont be the rich anymore
and putting down poor people `like they do .. the poor
will be eating in the same joints as the rich and wealthy
cause we.ll be taking all their bucks and secretly
giving it to all the poor folks in the world…

and you said tomorrow when i become the president
this will be done…

i said mr president we got no money to pay the dinner bill
hey Miles you said, do not worry , one has to go thru chains
and lots of pain to rise to the top.. so you take the dishes
and I,ll do the light work like wiping and drying the plates
i have to do the super thinking to get us out of here
a real quick.

I said I hope this is a dream.. heck no you said
think about tomorrow… and I went oh yeah
you will kick me out when you become president

ha ha your wrong miles
then I woke up

right up until now Im thinking
man you should run for President

so long President Mike

nice dream buddy
take it easy


I just love that, and who could have ever guessed I would become the stealth candidate for Occupy Wall Street in my good friend’s dream?

Rest assured, Miles, you’re going to be greeted as the highest foreign dignitary when you get back to the states and you know there’s always an open bedroom for you in President Mike’s White House.

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Don’t blame me for the headline, I didn’t write it, the only credit I can claim is for the shock and bewilderment I experienced at seeing that headline at the top of the results on my Twitter search for “Newt” . . .

America Hates Newt Gingrich

Seriously, Twitter?  That’s what you’re choosing to serve up as the first thing people see when they search for “Newt”?  Did you just start doing this “Top news” thing for Newt’s sake because I haven’t seen that atop the searches before.  (Quite possible I never noticed, though.  This was definitely an eye-grabber.)

Here’s the deal on it, though – the article is from the right-leaning Washington Examiner, so it can’t be dismissed as a liberal hit piece, in fact, the article is only quoting the numbers from three separate polls, but when you look at these numbers on the approval / disapproval ratings, it’s hard to argue anything but the fact that Gingrich is not liked by most of America.

America Hates Newt Gingrich

source: Washington Examiner

When you see -30% on his approval ratings, those numbers cannot be turned around, especially when you consider the fact that Gingrich is not a newcomer and most of those opinions on Gingrich have been solid and unchanging for years.

Face it, Gingrich fans, you’re working to nominate a guy whose candidacy will do one thing and one thing only – ensure four more years of Barack Obama.

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Sure, it’s one thing to say you support a candidate, it’s another thing to say you think they’ll actually win, but it’s something altogether different when you’re ready to put your money where your mouth is. That’s why I would trust the odds of how much money people are willing to bet on a candidate even more than I would the latest poll numbers.

Let’s look at the odds of Gingrich winning the presidency according to the money being bet on Intrade.

Gingrich Supporters Could Make a KILLING Betting on Newt

Click here for the latest Intrade odds on Gingrich winning the presidency.

The money has Gingrich at a 6.3% chance of becoming president. Personally, I think that’s a bit high, he’s a longshot to win the GOP nomination alone and I don’t think he has a prayer winning enough Independent voters to beat Obama, but for the true believers, how do you like these apples?

Gingrich Supporters Could Make a KILLING Betting on Newt

How do you like the prospects of a $906 profit on a $94 bet??? That’s a return of over 9.5 times what you invested!!!

Now if you’re a true-believing Gingrich supporter, sure, your first priority financially should be in donating to his campaign, but if you really believe President Gingrich could become a reality, those are odds you’d almost be crazy not to take advantage of.

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SOPA Resistance Day

The double-barrel decisions to punt on the bill capped an extraordinary week of public pressure — and an extraordinary reversal of fortunes for Hollywood, whose lobbyists seemed to think they were on cruise control to passage of bills aimed at protecting their content from online thieves.

Source: Politico

Don’t you just love happy endings? Actually, in my case, I’m more of the Leaving Las Vegas ending type of guy, but still, to imagine the big money Hollywood lobbyists smug with the certainty that they had bought and paid for the votes of enough senators and congresspeople to ensure the passage of Chinese government censorship for America, only to see the tech heavyweights use their platforms on the Internet to rally public opinion to the tune of millions and millions of Americans signing petitions and calling their representatives . . . it’s a beautiful thing.

Power to the people – when organized and sufficiently motivated, even the biggest money of the big lobbiests can be defeated. Now if we could only get the same kind of public outcry to let the Obama administration know that “we can’t wait” on jobs and Keystone XL . . .


* technically, these bills have not been killed but punted, most likely until after the election. SOPA and PIPA are both heavily damaged in public perception though, so most likely it’s back to the drawing board instead of Congress trying to rework them. Let’s just hope they can find a way to address the concerns of the intellectual property rights holders without trampling the freedom of the Internet.

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